The Knightly Art of the Longsword. Front Cover · Hugh Knight. Title, The Knightly Art of the Longsword. Author, Hugh Knight. Publisher, Ringeck’s invaluable 15th-century compilation of the lessons of German fencing master Johannes Liechtenauer is given new life by two modern students of the. : Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword ( ) by David Lindholm; Peter Svard and a great selection of similar New, Used.

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Andy Walker rated it really liked it Jan 21, But practice has shown that good footwork is essential for the techniques to work.

Cutting-edge research ha Pros: Lyle Kaser rated it it was amazing Jul 03, To ask knightlt readers questions about Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longswordplease sign up. These are the core and what carries his teachings. Lucien KA Crofts rated it liked it Dec 22, Ben Strickling rated it it was amazing Apr 02, There is much more that can be said about Sigmund Ringeck and his work, but this brief online article at least places him at the forefront of the German school for fencing oc today’s student of the art.

The initiative is regained by aggressively striking the opponent’s weapon before a second attack is then launched at the opponent’s body. And central is that you try to change the angle of attack and avoid the straight line as much as possible.

Apart from this there are several additional key concepts that are not part of the core teachings, but nevertheless of great importance.


The handwriting is typical of the early years of the 15th century. The manual is of great importance due to its clear and precise instruction on long sword, wrestling, sword lpngsword buckler, armoured combat, and mounted combat.


To be fair, the drawings and descriptions are fairly straight forward–some of the directional arrows are confusing, but I think a lot of that would come out in practicing the maneuvers with another person. Aaron Jones rated it really liked it May 15, Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword By David Lindholm In the first half of the 15th century Sigmund Ringeck compiled a book with comments on the fencing teachings from Johannes Liechtenauer’s verses from c.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. These again show useful techniques, but their real value is that they illustrate Medieval concepts of moving and fighting with the body as the primary tool.


Longsdord rated it really liked it Sep 12, Examples of these are the AbzetsenSprechfensterand Schrankhut to name but a few.

It really helped me get acquainted with the style and substance of the German combat manuals. Aug 16, Drew Lackovic rated it it was ok.

And herein lies Ringeck’s claim to value to posterity: Cindy rated it it was amazing Apr 13, Cutting-edge research has moved on somewhat, but nevertheless this volume remains a solid reference. It may be to your advantage to lure the longswrd to attack and then counter –though by this you still have the initiative.

In the history of the martial arts of Western Europe there are a few individuals whose contributions have thhe instrumental in shaping the generations that followed them.

No trivia or quizzes yet. In that sense, the manual of Ringeck is a key or a blueprint by which we can interpret later material, which often included illustrations but little straight forward advice on basics and technique. The art of fencing is also divided into the “three wonders”: Gabriel rated it really liked it Sep 11, Tod Glenn rated it liked it Apr 22, Jake rated it it was ok Dec 13, There is almost certainly a degree of continuity in the longswoed of fencing from Liechtenauer, who lived in the mid 14th century, up to early 17th century masters.


Ringeck’s here meaning the words of Ringeck but based on Liechtenauer longsword style is very simple and yet elegant in its approach. Ringeck offers clear and precise instructions in the actual handling of the sword and how knkghtly use it in order to win a fight.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Other Masters also played important parts in transmitting the tradition, for example Hanko Doebringer who in was the first known recorder of the Glosa explaining Liechtenauer’s verse. All rights are reserved to that material as well. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And if we place Sigmund Ringeck’s text next to Jacob Sutor’s, almost years later inwe find many of the same names and techniques, some with only small changes.

Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword by David Lindholm

Not for any significant discoveries of his own, but as a transmitter and interpreter of the tradition of the grand old master Liechtenauer’s teachings.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Stian Slethei rated it really liked it Jun 15, These wrestling techniques are usually done from the bind, or by “running through” Durchlauffenthat is, stepping in if he comes in with his weapon high or wide to the side. Starting to show its age, but only lonhsword I started studying Renaissance martial arts just before this book came out. Books by David Lindholm.

It contains no illustrations and is a handwritten document originally inscribed on loose kjightly of paper.